How do you say Thank you for the invitation? In the summer, we are invited to all sort of impromptu dinner parties, visits to cottages, or to stay with distant friends. This is the big social time of the year for us because the winter is, well, cold. Days are long and we can laugh together outside until our gracious hosts remind us that the sun also rises tomorrow.
I love giving a token of my appreciation to my friends. Well, I love giving any sort of present. In general, the gift should reflect the person you are giving it to as well as the duration of your stay. The classics are classics for a reason but that doesn't mean you can't put a little twist on them.
1. For dinner parties, I love to give a nice bottle of wine. When I find a favorite, I stock up so that I am always ready when for any last minute invitations. Summer wine gifts are usually whites or rose. With more robust wines for winter gifts.
2. A little something for after dinner is a nice gift as well. Truffles, specialty chocolates, or salted caramels are always appreciated, especially when paired with an after dinner drink. Or you can go savory by giving cheese with jam and sliced bread.
3. Nice bottles of oil and vinegar is a great hostess gift as well. Traditional combinations like olive oil and balsamic can be renewed by adding a white balsamic or truffle oil. Or you can go out of the box with interesting vinegars, like maple, pomegranate, or cherry.
1. When we were invited recently to a friend's cottage, we gave embroidered towels for the family and a beach bag.
2. I also love to give a copy of my favorite cookbook of the moment with some specialty ingredients.
Of course, I like to add a hand written note on one of my favorite stationary pieces.
What are some of your favorite gifts for your hosts and hostesses?